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Spring Rain Reading List

Becky Beasley is a voracious reader, and she draws from a range of literary writers and texts, as well as canonical works of art and the history of photography, in making her work. The title of her current exhibition, Spring Rain, is taken from a short story by Bernard Malamud, for example. 

The artist has suggested the following texts for those who would like to dig deeper into her interests and influences. 

  • Geoffrey Batchen Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance

  • Samuel Beckett Mercier and Camier and Murphy

  • Thomas Bernhard Correction, The Loser, Old Masters and Wittgenstein's Nephew: A Friendship

  • Maurice Blanchot The Space Of Literature and Thomas the Obscure

  • Lydia Davis The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

  • Gilles Deleuze What is a Minor Literature?

  • Marcel Duchamp Manual of Instructions: Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau, 2° le gaz d'éclairage...

  • William Faulkner As I Lay Dying

  • Gustave Flaubert Sentimental Education

  • Kevin Hart (ed.) Nowhere Without No: In Memory of Maurice Blanchot

  • Xavier de Maistre Voyage Around My Room

  • Bernard Malamud The Complete Stories

  • Herman Melville Bartletby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street and Moby Dick

  • Carlo Mollino Message from the Darkroom

  • Georges Perec Species of Spaces & Other Pieces, Things: A Story of the Sixties with A Man Asleep and W, or the Memory of Childhood

  • Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Volume 5 in particular)

  • Michael R. Taylor Marcel Duchamp Étant donnés

  • Robert Walser, Susan Sontag (ed.) Selected Stories